|BASF TECH Academy Students get a high-tech view of chemical manufacturing in River Parish Community College’s Process Technology learning laboratory, led by RPCC instructor John Sluder.
|Silvia Medrano, BASF
Gonzales - More than 30 area high school students are meeting
up at River Parishes Community College for a week of experience and learning
called BASF TECH Academy.
The students, guided by BASF
staff and RPCC faculty, will run their own science experiments, visit several
area agencies and industries in which high technical is the main tool, and will
hear from industry leaders on high-tech careers in the Ascension Parish area.
Sponsored with a generous
gift from BASF, this is BASF TECH Academy’s second summer, and enrollment has
"Through our partnership with River Parishes Community College,
BASF TECH Academy is introducing local high school students to industries in
our community that rely on science and technology in their daily
operations," said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of
BASF’s site in Geismar, Louisiana. "Filled with fun and engaging field
trips and hands-on activities, the program sponsored by BASF helps students
make the connection between their coursework in high school and how they can
begin preparing now for future well-paying careers."
Leaders in area industry have
said for years that a high school education is no longer sufficient for many of
the high-skill, high tech jobs in the petro-chemical field. Many are requiring
intensive post-high school technical training and often a two-year college
RPCC is proactive in
addressing that need through a variety of technical courses, many of which lead
to an associate’s degree and industry-required certification. Students in the BASF
TECH Academy will see first-hand, for example, the skills needed for a career
in Process Technology.
“Consider this an outreach by
our college to high school students as a way to open their eyes to the
fascinating technical careers available,” said Dale Doty, RPCC chancellor, “and
to make sure their eyes are wide-open to the education and training these careers
Personnel from BASF’s Geismar
facility work hand-in-hand with RPCC staff to manage the Academy and enhance
the experience. Students will visit several area tech businesses and
organizations, including BASF, as part of the Academy.
River Parishes Community
College focuses on building the workforce of today and tomorrow through specific
skill training and providing transferrable courses and curricula leading to
certification and associate degrees. RPCC works closely with its communities to
provide programs for personal, professional and academic growth.